Bare with me, this is my first proper post and the main reason I joined ATS, for outside opinions. I've researched the UFO phenomenon quite a bit but
a second opinion can never hurt, and before all the Mulders come running at me, I just want to say I used the term UFO because that's what it was, an
Unidentified Flying Object. Whether or not it be Celestial in origin, aviation or something on the opposite side of the scale, I don't know and that's
why I am here.
Last night, around eleven just as it was starting to get dark, the sky was clear, the moon was visible behind the trees and few stars were able to be
seen. I was upstairs looking out from the window when I saw a large, bigger than any star and brighter ball of light coming in from the North East
heading West. It moved a little faster than a meteorite and was way to big and bright to be one, at least compared to ones I have seen which is often.
I ran downstairs and out the back door to get a better look and I'd thought I'd lost it, till it emerged from behind a tree obscuring the view. It was
still pretty bright outside at this point and the object was insanely bright. The light was almost pulsating then it would start to dim then get
really bright again. There was no sound whatsoever or anything like a tail, then it went down behind some hills. I called my mom out to take a look
and she's sure it's the same thing she pointed out to me last year, I can say it was in the same place and looked the same. Maybe my imaginations
running away with me or something more mundane. What do you think?
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Although that's a possibility, I gotta' say, it didn't look like a comet,the way it moved, it was almost elegantly, with precision. I was like a super
bright flash light moving through the sky and it didn't have the usual 'tail' or other give away signs, I haven't seen anything like it before, it was
like it was controlled. Not to mention my mom was certain it was the same thing as last year and it would have been around the same time. But that
doesn't mean it's not a comet and it doesn't mean it is a comet either, If I see it again I'll do my best to get a video.
Comets NEVER appear to move to the human eye, they are thousands if not millions of miles away from earth. While moving fast, their distance away
prevents their motion from being detectable.So scratch that explanation.
Thanks, it seems that it was a bolide, (see above video).
Couldn't have been if you had time to run downstairs and see it again, fireballs hardly ever last that long.
Ever see this one caught on film in 1972? Earth 'grazing' meteor that leaves a track, it grazed the earths atmosphere, coming in one side and gong
right out the other (lucky US)--
Then theres intentional 'deorbiting' of space junk, also a 'flat trajectory' designed to burn stuff up in the upper atmosphere so it doesn't hit the
ground. Ignore the newsbots, this video shows space junk reentering and burning up. This also has a tail...The object you saw
took longer to cross from horizon to horizon didn't leave a trail or make any sound, was probably the ISS.
If it had been a comet or meteor large enough to be visible that long, it would have been tracked by a multitude of space agencies and reported as
Just be glad it wasn't. Past a certain size, they can do incredible damage, even if they don't actually hit us.
Seconding the ISS. When you happen to catch it going overhead it is brightest just at dusk, moves steady and fast from horizon to horizon.
In general, the ISS would not look to be moving from the northeast toward the west when viewed from NW Scotland. That is counter to the ISS orbit,
especially when viewed from a relatively high northern latitude (such as Scotland).
Plus, looking specifically at ISS passes on heavensabove.com, there was no ISS pass that matched his observation from his location.
There was another thread today about someone who said they were in Pittsburgh (USA) and saw a bright fuzzy ball at the same time that they were
viewing the ISS, so in that case (and taking that account at face value) the object he says saw was not the ISS.
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Why are you accepting bollide or meteorite as an explaination. By your post you say there was not a visible tail yet all videos of bollides and such
have visible tails.
More likely it was an aircraft with its landing lights on. When they come head on you their lights are very, very bright and because they are coming
head on they seem to hover or not move at all.
So the question is are you within 20 miles of an airfield, it might be civilian or military as their holding patterns can range way out and are not
always used regularly.
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